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Venus in Furs (1969)
"Paroxismus" (original title)

R  |   |  Thriller  |  19 August 1969 (Italy)
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A musician finds the corpse of a beautiful woman on the beach. The woman returns from the dead to take revenge on the group of wealthy sadists responsible for her death.

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In Istanbul, a jazz trumpeter pulls the murdered body of a young woman from the surf. He remembers her from the night before, when he saw her at a millionaire playboy's party and then later watched as she was assaulted by the party's host and two of his friends. In confusion, Jimmy, the musician, leaves for Rio where he finds the sympathetic ear of Rita, a singer who invites him to live with her and helps him recover his equilibrium and his musical ability. Then, into the room walks a woman who looks like Wanda, the murder victim. Jimmy pursues her, not caring if she's alive or dead. What's going on? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Jess Franco wanted the film to be titled "Black Angel" but distributors changed the title for marketing reasons and also altered the director's original ending. See more »

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Jimmy Logan: How can you run from a dead person unless you're dead yourself?
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Jesse Franco's Masterpiece!
26 February 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Paroxismus (I shall refer to it as the American title Venus In Furs) is without a doubt Franco's masterpiece. Succubus comes close, and Love Letter of a Portuguese Nun is pretty good, but in terms of style and content, Venus in Furs is Franco at his best. It's a jazzy, hallucinatory, frightening drug haze of a film which is filled with sometimes unintentionally funny dated dialogue ("It was like she was on some crazy, drugged-out trip. But, hey, if that was her bag, then I was cool with it.") Venus in Furs is also filled with strange imagery which lingers in your mind like a horrible nightmare. And the ending is absolutely wonderful! Forget all the retro seventies crap out there now, if you want to see how the seventies were really like, check out this flick! Oh yeah, and it also has a cool soundtrack, complete with lounge music. And, hey, if it's your bag, then I'm cool with it!


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